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Anationalaward-winningindependentnewspaperservingnorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince1977TheYearinReviewDevolutionIdleNoMoreGiantMinecleanupZamapipelinespillACFNoilsandschallengeJackpineMineexpansionHydraulicfracturingintheSahtuNWTminesapprovedCoalspillontheAthabascaRiverTarSandsHealingWalkMissingAboriginalwomenTSNcomestoFortSmithFrackingchemicaldisclosureElectoralboundariesredrawnAlbertaEnergyRegulatorOilysheenonAthabascaNWTeducationreformInuvik-TukHighwayLandUsePlansDelineselfgovernmentPeelpermafrostmeltingSlaveRiverprotectionStephenHarperNutritionNorthLubiconfrackingblockadeBisonandcaribouharvestNWThydrogridexpansionFortChipwatermonitoring1.00January72014Vol.37No.34 Sahtufrackingopponentscallingforaregion-widevotePoliticsEnergy2TuesdayJanuary72014NEWSBRIEFSPoweroutagethatfrozeYellowknifeforhoursunderinvestigationTheNorthwestTerritoriesPowerCorp.NTPCisinvesti-gatingatripattheSnarehydrosystemthatturnedtheen-tirecityofYellowknifeslightsoffforhoursonDec.29.WhileNTPCcrewsrespondedimmediatelytothetripat345p.m.acontrolsystemfailureatthedieselpoweredJackshpowerplantthesystemsbackuppowersupplyshortlyafterfurtherdelayedrestorationandkeptYellow-knifeinthedarkforhoursduringextremecoldweatherconditions.TheJackshplantwasbackonlineby500p.m.withfullpowerrestoredtothecityby700p.m.AccordingtotheNTPCafailurewiththeSnaretransmissionsystemissuspectedtobethecauseoftheinitialtrip.DelinetakesmajorsteptowardsselfgovernmentwithnalagreementThecommunityofDelineisonestepclosertoattainingselfgovernmentafterrepresentativessignedtheDelineFinalSelf-GovernmentAgreementonDec.17theterritorysrstselfgovernmentagreementwiththeGNWTtobenegoti-atedalongsideanexistinglandclaim.BernardValcourtCanadasministerofAboriginalAffairsandNorthernDe-velopmentapplaudedthemoveinapressreleasecallingtheagreementamajorsteptowardself-determinationforthecommunity.Theagreementwhichhasbeenintheworksfor18yearswillcreateanewgovernmentfortheDelinedistrictandunitecurrentauthoritiesservicesandprogramsinthecommunity.AraticationvoteisplannedforMar.10to122014.FortProvidencemayorappointedNWTACpresidentFortProvidenceMayorTinaGarganhastakenonpresi-dencyoftheNWTAssociationofCommunitiesNWTACafterformerpresidentandMayorofTuktoyuktukMervenGrubenlostre-electionduringtheterritoryshamletelec-tionslatelastyear.GarganwhohasservedasmayorofFortProvidencefortwotermsistherstfromhercommu-nitytoserveasNWTACpresidentandthesecondwomantoholdtheposition.ByJACKDANYLCHUKOpponentstohydraulicfracturingintheSahtuwantresidentstohavethelastwordonthecontroversialprocessandthefutureoftheCanolshaleplay.IfthepeopleoftheSahtucanholdareferendumonal-coholthenwhynothydraulicfracturingItsevenmoreimportanttothehealthofthecommunitiessaidSahturesidentSheilaKarkagiemakingapointedreferencetoarecentcampaigncham-pionedbySahtuMLANor-manYakeleya.DuringthelastlegislativesessionMLAsgaveSahturesidentsthepowertodic-tatedailyalcoholpurchasesinNormanWellsthecom-munityatthecentreoftheCanolshaleplay.Thegovernmentcanorderavoteonboozesalesifitre-ceivesresolutionswithinasix-monthperiodfromcoun-cilsrepresentingatleastthreeoftheveSahtucommuni-tiesandmorethanhalftheregionspopulation.IfwegetavoteIthinktherewouldbenofrackingatallsaidKarkagiewhoisbehindapetitionintheregioncollectingsignaturesofthoseopposedtofracking.Thereissomuchopposi-tionandonlyalittlehandfulofleadersontheTulitaLandandFinancialCorp.madethedecisionforus.Theyownbusinessesandstandtobenetsotheywereinaconictofinterest.Thisistoobigadecisionforthemtomakeforus.KarkagiewascalledhomefromacampjobinAlbertalastsummerbyhermotherMadelinewhourgedhertospeakoutagainstfracking.WhowouldgiveourlandandwaterformoneyTheoilcompanieswillonlybehereuntiltheyruinthelandthentheywillgo.Thatslikeourbackyard.Wehuntedthereandtrapped.Theybuiltalandingstripinanareawheremoosecalved.Itsourfreezer.YouhavetostarttalkingnowKarka-giesmothertoldher.IntheweeksleadinguptoChristmasKarkagiegath-ered200namesonapetitioninTulitathatwouldsus-pendfrackinguntilthereisaregion-widevote.GeraldManualcirculatedasimilarpetitioninFortGoodHopethatdrew900signatories.ButweweretoldthatitwastoolateKarkagiesaid.Discouragedtheysetthepetitionaside.Sincethedeathofhermotherwhowas97onDec.29KarkagiehaspickedupthethreadandrenewedhereffortstogathernamesinTulitaandDelineaswell.ThepetitionswillarriveonMLAsdesksintimefortheopeningoftheLegislativeAssemblyinFebruarytoolatetostopConocoPhillipsfrommakinghistorywiththerstwellsintheNorthwestTerritoriesemployingthecontroversialprocess.AsafetyinspectiondelayedConocoPhillipsforaweekinearlyDecember.Opera-tionswereshutdownafteraworkerwasinjuredbutthecompanystillexpectstocompleteitstwoexploratorywellsbytheendofJanuary.Karkagiebelievesthetwoexploratorywellsarejusttherstroundinalargerandlongerstruggle.TheactiveleaseholdersintheCanolHuskyMGMEnergyandConocoPhillipshavesaidthathorizontaldrillingusingmultistagehy-draulicfracturingistheonlywaytheshalewillgiveuptheoilandthattheysupportafullreviewatjustnotpriortoexploration.ExploitationoftheCanolShalewhichindustryexpertsestimatecouldsurpasstheBakkeneldthatstraddlesNorthDakotaSaskatch-ewanandAlbertawillbetherstmajordevelopmenttobeconsideredbythenewregulatoryschemetobees-tablishedinthewakeofde-volutioninApril.KarkagiecancountonsupportfromNGOslikeAlternativesNorthandtheCouncilofCanadiansandhasanallyinthelegislaturewithWeledehMLABobBromleyofferingadviceonhowtousethelegislaturesonlinepetitionsystem.BesidesthemanymanypeopleintheSahtuwhoarebecomingupsettherearealsomanyorganizationsandindividualsinYellowknifeandacrosstheNWTwhohavegraveconcernsaboutthedirectionandpacethisexploitationistakingandthepromotionalroleourgovern-mentispursuingBromleysaidinanemail.WhilejurisdictionslikeNewfoundlandanoilandgasstateandDallasintheheartofTexasaremakingdecisionsforamoratoriumorabanonfrackingthisgovernmentisblindlysup-portingitevenwhenthepermitconditionsweseekareignoredhewrote.Bromleysaidhewasab-bergastedwhenConocoPhil-lipsreceiveditspermitsforfrackingwithoutanenviron-mentalassessmentandthatotherswiththepowertore-questareviewdidnotstepintodoso.Whenwerushintothesethingswearesettingour-selvesupforfuturedelaysre-gretsandcoststhatshouldnthappen.WeareseeingthatnowaspeopleintheSahtubegintolearnwhatthissortofexploitationactuallyin-volvesandthethreatsandcostsitdemandstotheirlandwaterairandculturehesaid.Anti-frackingsentimentscouldspelltroubleforSahtuMLANormanYakeleyawhohasinrecentmonthssup-portedexplorationanddevel-opmentoftheCanolShale.ThepetitionerspotentiallyoutnumberalloftheballotscastintheSahtuinthelastterritorialelection.NorthernersopposedtofrackingintheNWTmarchinYellowknifeinOctoberaspartoftheGlobalFrackdownaninternationalprotestagainsttheuseofhydraulicfracturingtoextractoilandgas.PhotoJackDanylchuk 3TuesdayJanuary72014WESCLEANNORTHERNSALESLTD.Berthaisasmallandfriendlycreature.Shemakesforgreatcompanyinanyhousehold.Hershort-hairedcoatiswonderfulforpetting.Pleaseleaveamessageat872-5543fordetails.ByJACKDANYLCHUKSherrittInternationalin-tendstocompletethesaleofitscoalpropertiesbeforethedownstreamimpactsofamassivespillofcontami-natedwaterandsludgefromitsObedMountainminearefullyknown.ThecompanyannouncedthesalethedaybeforeChrist-masandpromiseditwillretainresponsibilityfortheObedspilllastHalloweenthatsent670000cubicme-tresofminewastesurgingthroughtwocreeksandintotheAthabascaRiver.Located30kmeastofHin-tontheObedminewasdor-mantforayearbeforethetailingsponddykefailedbutwasconsideredoperationalbySherritt.Sherrittwillcontinuetostandbehinditsresponsi-bilitiesthecompanysaidonacommunityinforma-tionwebsiteitestablishedtoprovideinformationonthespillandremediationworkthathasbeenhamperedbywinterconditions.ThesalewillbecompletebyMar.31.Sherrittofcialshaveacknowledgedthatuntiltheiceisgonefromtherivertheycantfullyassessthedamagefromthespillthatincluded90000tonnesofclayandcoalsludgeladenwitharsenicmercurycad-miumleadandmanganese.AsSherrittpreparesanupdatedreportonthedi-sasterthatisdueJan.17acoalitionofFirstNationsandnon-governmentorga-nizationsisaccusingthecompanyandgovernmentofdownplayingimmediateandlong-termimpacts.GovernmentofficialsdescribedthereleaseofOurndingsconictwiththoseofthegovernmentofAlbertaandSherrittthatsuggesttheplumedissipatedbeforereachingthePeaceAthabascaDeltaBruceMacleanACFNMCFNCommunity-BasedMonitoringProgramCompanyprovincedownplayinglong-termimpactsofObedcoalspilldisastersayFirstNationsSherrittannouncesitwillselloffcoaloperationsbyendofMarchEnvironmentCoalSpilltoxicwaterandsludgeasamajorfailurebutsaidthedownstreamimpactwouldbeaharmlessandbarelydiscernablechangeinwatercolourastheplumesweptby.commitmenttotranspar-entlong-termmonitor-ingwithfullFirstNationparticipation.TheAlbertaEnvironmentprotectionorderissuedlastNovemberrequiredSherrittpasseddownstreamcommu-nitiesuntilitwasdetectedatLakeAthabascaonDec.4.MonitoringbytheMiki-sewCreeandAthabascaChipewyanFirstNationsde-tectedsedimentsthreetimesthepreviousbackgroundconcentration.Ourfindingsconflictwiththoseofthegovern-mentofAlbertaandSher-rittthatsuggesttheplumedissipatedbeforereachingthePeaceAthabascaDeltasaidBruceMacleanwhomanagestheFirstNationscommunity-basedmonitor-ingprogram.Webelievethespillwillhavelonglastingimpactsonfishandotherwild-lifeandconsequentlyonhumanhealth.TheMCFNandACFNseetheObedaccidentasadirectnega-tiveimpactontheirabil-itytoexercisetheirtra-ditionalrightsandareconsideringlegalactionMacleanadded.Sherrittsinitialreportondamagereferencedadecade-oldresearchpaperthatstatedtheAthabascaRiverhasanannualesti-matedsedimentloadfromnaturalerosionofabout6.4milliontonnescomparedtothe90000tonnesreleasedintheObedspill.PreliminaryresultsshowthatthesedimentintheAthabascaRiverasaresultofthereleasehadnomeasurableimpactonfishthereportsaid.Labtestsshowthattroutwereabletosurviveinthetur-bidwater.Assessmentsontheim-pacttofishhabitatbeganinNovemberbutsomefieldworkhasbeenlimitedduetowinterconditions.As-sessmentremediationandplanningworkwillcon-tinuethroughthewinterandintothespringthereportsaid.Inresponsethecoalitionsaidinapreparedstatementthatthecontaminantsthatenteredthewatershedhavenothoweverdisappearedandthereisnoinformationbeingprovidedaboutthefateofthecontaminantsandhowtheyareimpactingtheriverbottom.Muchofthelifeofarivercomesfromthebot-tom-exactlywherethesepollutantsincludinghighlytoxicmercuryarsenicandcadmiumaregoingtoendup.JuleAsteriskdirec-toroftheSocietyofHighPrairieRegionalEnviron-mentalActionCommitteesaidweremainverycon-cernedaboutthemediumandlonger-termimpactstothehealthoftheriverecosystemandtothosethatdependonitforfood.PhotocourtesyofSherrittInternationalApreliminaryreportfromSherrittinearlyDe-cembermaintainedthatwaterqualitywasnotatriskbutcriticshavepointedtothepresenceofmercuryandotherheavymetalsinthedischargeandcalledforchargesundertheFisheriesActandtheAlbertaEnvironmentalProtectionandEnhance-mentAct.ComprisedoftheMiki-sewCreeandAthabascaChipewyanFirstNationsKeepersoftheAthabascatheCentralAthabascaStewardshipSocietyMin-ingWatchCanadaandtheRegionalEnvironmentalActionCommitteetheco-alitionwantsfulldisclo-sureofthecontentsoftheObedwastepondsandatoreturnthecreeksandrivertotheirpreviousstateandsetaseriesofdeadlinesforimmediateandlong-termre-sponsetothedisaster.Afullremediationplanlong-termmonitoringpro-gramandwildlifemitiga-tionplanweredueDec.13animpactassessmentbyDec.19andareportonsolidsrecoveryworkbyDec.20.Analreportisdue30daysafterremediationiscompletebutnodeadlinehasbeenset.Nocostesti-mateofthecleanupandres-torationworkwasmadebythegovernmentandSherrittdidnotrespondtoemailedquestionsaboutthereme-diationproject.Thetailingsplumetrig-geredwaterwarningsasitSherrittInternationalsremediationteamworkstocleanupwaterimpactedbythecoaltailingspondspillthatreleased670000cubicmetresofslurryintotheAthabascaRiveronOct.31. 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snitethattoomuchisbeingsacricedandthatmuchisatriskinourmindlessheadlongrush.Weareontrajectoryenmassetoaprecipicewhereourfutureisinjeopardy.Itistimetoslowdowntakestockandchooseanewpath.ARCHIVES15YearsAgo...PastorEvaNicholsmovesonAfter25yearsaspastorofthePentecos-talChurchinFortSmithEvaNicholsismovingon.Shehastakenaone-yearpo-sitionastheAboriginalMinistriesDirec-torforthePentecostalChurchinAlberta.Nicholswillcontinuetoworkpart-timeinFortSmithbothasthedirectoroftheSub-ArcticMissionandasateacheratthebibleschool.IssueJanuary5199920YearsAgo...DogsmaulgirlFortChipewyanismourningthelossofan11year-oldgirlwhowasmauledtodeathbyapackofsleddogsovertheholi-days.MichelleDawnWhiteheadofFortChipewyanwasattackedbyvesleddogsonherwayhomefromafriendshouseonThursdayDec.30ontheDogheadIndianReserve.IssueJanuary5199430YearsAgo...PlanningforYKhospitalTheExecutiveCouncilhasapprovedplanstoproceedwithdevelopmentofworkingdrawingsforthenewStantonYellowknifeHospital.HealthMinisterKaneTologanaknotedthatthe37-millionprojectwasad-vancingatasatisfactorypaceforacon-structionprojectofthissizeandcomplexity.IssueJanuary51984PhotoDanielHillertPhotographyAreworkexplodesoverthelookoutinFortSmithonNewYearsEve.Theannualcelebrationrecievedtheexcitedhootsandhollersofdozensdespitefrigidtemperaturesintheminus40s. 5TuesdayJanuary72014WhiteGirlBreakuporbombsPart1ByDAWNKOSTELNIKTherehasnotbeenaplaneinweeks.ItisbreakupintheArctic.Thisis1966inFortNormanontheDehChotheMackenzieRiverintheNWTCanada.Iamalittlegirlsittingonthebanksofthismightyriverwitheveryotherkidintown.OurearsstrainforthesoundsofcrackingicethatwillindicatethemilewidebandofsolidwaterinfrontofuswillbreakupandfreeusfromthisprisonSmallbushplanespro-videuswithmailandtheoccasionalmoviereelinbigcanswehavebeenwatch-ingTheVikingsamoviestarringKirkDouglasTonyCurtisandErnestBorg-nineforthepastmonth.Withnotmuchelsetodowere-enactthismovieev-erydayatrecessandafterschool.WithwildshoutstoOdinaVikinggodofsomesortweengageinbattle.Wehaveallsufferedwoundsdealtbyblowswithwoodenswordsandwillowspearsmadeespeciallyforthisbutnoonehaslostaneyeyet.Kidsheadhomeeverydaywithsnottynosesfromcry-ingandbloodynosesfromhardcontactmeincluded.Thisparticularprogramisgettingoldevenforus.Thesnowistoosofttoskiandtheiceontheriverisrot-tenorcandleicesowecantcrossthepowerfulMacken-zieRivertosetsnares.Wearecagedtigers.WeneedadifferentmovieOurteachersarebushedaNortherntermforthemen-talhangoverofalongdarkandhardwinter.Ourprin-cipalisactingstrangely.Hehaslockedthedoortoourclassroomseveraltimestotrytoupsetourteacher.Itworkssheyellsathimwewatchthishidingbehindourbooks.WhenyouhidebehindyourbooknobodycanseeyoudoanythingIfhedoesntletusoutwecantgotothebathroomandthelittlekidswillpeetheirpants.Hesgettingprettygoofy.Todaytheyareswordght-ingwithyardsticksmaybetheyhavebeenwatchingourschoolyardperfor-mances.Theuseofyardsticksputstheminacat-egorywellbelowwhatweusebabiescomparedtous.Poofcloudsofchalkdustbillowintotheairtheyarethrowingchalkbrushesateachotherandkeepmiss-ing.Itishardnottolaughandgigglesarebreakingoutandinterruptingtheperformance.Ourteach-ersrealizehowsillytheyaretheylookateachothersheepishly.Breakupneedstocomesoontheprincipalreturnstohisclass.StaytunedforPart2of3intheNorthernJournal.FortSmithHayRiverWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayForecastForecastNorms-19Cand-28CNorms-20Cand-29C-29Low-22Low-20High-22High-24Low-20High-26Low-29Low-25Low-21High-24High-24Low-20High-30Low-23High-23HighYellowknifeInuvikWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdayNorms-23Cand-31CNorms-23Cand-31C-32Low-29Low-34Low-27Low-32Low-29Low-25High-26High-27Low-22High-27Low-25High-26High-31High-26High-32HighAmajormilestonefortheNWTCOLUMNSDennisPattersonSenatorNunavutTheweekofDec.2-62013representedasig-nicantmilestoneforthepeopleoftheNorthwestTerritoriesNWTandtheirinstitutionsofgovernmentbothpublicandAboriginal.PremierBobMcLeodandMinistersMiltenbergerandRamsaywereinOttawaduringtheweektowitnessthetablingoftheNorthwestTerritoriesDevolutionActintheHouseofCommonsattendmeetingswithHouseandSenateCommitteeswhichwillbereviewingtheActandgenerallypro-motethedevolutionpack-ageasamajorstepintheconstitutionaldevelopmentoftheNWTthroughgreatercontroloverthemanage-mentanddevelopmentoftheNWTsresources.Myreadingoftherecep-tiontheyreceivedfromtheSenateCommitteeonEnergyEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesonDec.5washeartening.Mycom-mitteecolleaguesbothConservativeandLiberalaskedquestionsandlearnedagreatdealabouttheNWTfromPremierMcLeodandallincludingNWTSenatorNickSibbestoncongratu-latedthepremierandhisteamonbuildingunder-standingandsupportintheNWTforthedevolu-tionpackageandextendedbestwishesforitssuccess-fulimplementation.MostimportantmySen-ateCommitteecolleaguesunderstoodandcommentedonthesignicanceofthisactbecauseittrulyrepre-sentsnationbuildingintheCanadianNorthandfulllsanobjectiveoftheNWTwhichhasbeenonthecon-stitutionalagendaofyourterritoryforthelastthreedecades.SowhyamIaSenatorfromyoursisterterritoryofNunavutsoexcitedaboutthisdevelopmentInpartmyenthusiasmisbasedonthe16yearsIservedinthepre-divisionNWTLegisla-tiveAssemblyasanMLAandaministerandpremierinyourgovernment.WhilemycolleaguesandIwereneverabletoconcludeade-volutionagreementduringthistimeweworkedhardtobuildtheconsensusre-centlyachievedbyPremierMcLeodandcameclosetoreachinganagreementwithOttawa.Whilewewerenotsuc-cessfultherearemanyex-amplesofmajorNWTde-volutionandconstitutionaldevelopmentrelatedinitia-tivesduringthepastthreedecadeswhichhavelaidthegroundworkforlastweeksmilestone.NWTAboriginalresi-dentsandleaderscanbeproudthattheyhavebeenabletoovercomethecol-lapseoftheDene-Mtisclaimin1990tonegotiateandimplementfourregionalclaims.WorkcontinuesonnegotiationofAboriginalself-governmentagreementsatthecommunityandre-gionallevels.FurthermoreAboriginalpeopleandtheirinstitutionshavebeenandwillcontinueundertheDe-volutionActtoberepre-sentedonregulatoryboardswhichmakedecisionsonresourcemanagementanddevelopment.PublicgovernmentattheterritoriallevelhasevolvedaswellwiththetransferofjurisdictionforforestryminesafetyhealthandtheNorth-ernPowerCommission.OfconsiderablesignificancearetherelationshipswhichyourterritorialgovernmentisbuildingwithAboriginalgovernmentsandlandclaimsinstitutions.PremierMcLeodspokeeloquentlyoftheserelationshipswhichwillbecriticalforsuccessfullyim-plementingtheDevolutionActandthemanagementofNWTresources.Ofparticularsignifi-cancetomeistheroleandrecognitionwhichtheNWTgovernmenthasachievedatthenationalleveldur-ingthelast30years.NWTpremiersministersandof-ficialsarenowwelcomeatallfederal-provincial-terri-torialmeetingsandarein-strumentalininfluencingpublicpolicywhichaffectstheNorthandallCanadi-ans.Theymeetregularlywiththeirfederalcoun-terpartsandinmyviewhavebeenveryeffectiveincontributingtotheFed-eralGovernmentsNorth-ernStrategy.ThiscolumncontinuesinnextweeksNorthernJournal.NorthernJournal2014JoinusonlineLikeNorthernJournalonFacebookandgettheweeklynewsdeliveredtoyourfeedFACEBOOKFEEDBACKTemassivecoaltailingsplumeintheAthabascaRivermaybedissipatedaccordingtotheprovincialgovernmentbutconcernedscientistsandhealthproessionalssayitslastingefectsontheriveranddeltaareonlyjustbeginning.Scientistexpectslong-termdamagefromcoalspillPatriciaSeppIchallengeallthesepeoplethatdayitssafetodrinkitfortheremainderoftheyear 62013THEYEARINREVIEWJANUARY15JANUARY22JANUARY29MikisewCreechallengefederalomnibusbillsFortChipewyansMikisewCreeFirstNationlaunchesalegalchallengeagainstthefederalomnibusBillsC-38andC-45allegingthegov-ernmentfailedtoconsultwithFirstNations.NWTtopcurlersghtforshotatnationalsThebestcurlersintheNWTcompeteinFortSmithwiththetopplacedcompeti-torsheadingstraighttothemensnationaltournamentinEdmontonandwomensnationalinKingston.WinterroadfromWrigleytoNormanWellsclosesAmassivesnowstormandheavyindustrialtraf-cforcestheclosureofthewinterroadfromWrigleytoNormanWellsforvedaysleavinghundredsstrandedandstallingthewinteroilandgasexploration.GNWTcallsfordismissalofcaseagainsttransgenderTheGNWTaskstheNWTHumanRightsCommissiontodismissadiscriminationcomplaintfromatransgenderwomenagainstnanceministerMichaelMiltenberger.ChiefrefusesconsenttoSurfaceRightsBoardKatlodeecheFirstNationChiefRoyFabianarguestheSurfaceRightsBoardActwillapplyafreeentrysystemtoun-settledclaimareaswhichhesaysshouldnotbeconsiderednondesignatedlandopentodevelopment.NorthernJournalsnewsmakeroftheyearOlympicswimmerteachesNWTstudentsThree-timeOlympianswimmerBrentHaydenholdsswimmingclinicsandschoolpresentationsforyouthinHayRiverandYellowknifetosharehisanti-bullyingmessageandaskstudentstofollowtheirdreams.RelentlessChiefAllanAdamandtheACFNByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheresreallyonlyonewordthatcanaccuratelyde-scribetheseeminglyendlesscapacityforstruggleembod-iedbyChiefAllanAdamoftheAthabascaChipewyanFirstNationRelentless.Despitealargelyfruitless2012pursuingbattleafterbattleinthecourtsatne-gotiatingtablesandpublichearingstheleaderofthenorthernAlbertaFirstNa-tionpulledzeropunchesin2013inattemptingtodrawACFNsproclaimedlineinthesandinanattempttohaltoilsandsexpansionontheFirstNationstradi-tionalterritorynorthoftheFirebagRiver.NotoblivioustothepowerofthegiantindustrytheyareupagainstAdamandACFNscouncilhavenev-erthelessbecomethethorninthesideofnotonlyeverymajorindustryplayerintheoilsandsregion-mostnotablyShell-butalllev-elsofgovernmentwiththeirunceasingdemandforCrown-obligatedconsulta-tionandrespectforTreatyandAboriginalrights.TheDavid-vs.-Goliathepiccontinuedallthroughlastyearwithjustasmanyfrustrationsastheyearbe-fore.UnrelentingattemptstostopShellsnow-approvedJackpineMineexpansionwereblockedateveryjunc-tion.Exploratorydrillingwentaheadwithoutreview.AsuspectedoilspillandadisastrouscoaltailingsspillontheAthabascaRiverre-ceivedaninfuriatinglackofresponsebytheAlbertagov-ernmentthatignoredACFNsdemandsforconsultation.Butwhile2013sangsev-eraldefeatsfortheFirstNa-tiontherewerejustasmanysmallsuccessesnottheleastofwhichincludedariseinin-ternationalproleachievedbytheFortChipewyanFirstNationsincreasinglyvocal-izedstruggle.LegendaryrockerNeilYounglauncheshissold-outHonourtheTreatiestourthismonthgiving100percentofticketsalestoACFNslegalfundandperhapsmoreimportantlycallingattentiontowhatheseesasaninjus-ticebeingdonetoAlbertasindigenouspeoples.EveryblockedavenueseemstodrawastrongerstanceandmoreferventmessagefromACFNslead-ershipandthatresolveislikelytoonlybefurtherstrengthenedashigh-prolecelebritiesbuddyupwiththeFirstNationofferingtheirsupport.ThoughthestrugglesarejustasnumerousthestakesjustashighandGoliathjustasgigantictheNewYearforAdamiskickingoffnotwithacourtdefeatbutapartyin2014.Itcouldjustbeachangeinper-spectivebutasthechiefhasprovenattitudeiseverything.EveryblockedavenueseemstodrawastrongerstanceandmoreferventmessagefromACFNsleadershipandthatresolveislikelytoonlybefurtherstrengthenedashigh-prolecelebritiesbuddyupwiththeFirstNationofferingtheirsupport.PhotoJMPhotographyOnetowatchforin2014Kiera-DawnKolsonByMEAGANWOHLBERGDeneactivistandedu-catorKiera-DawnKolsonofYellowknifeprovedin2013thatsheisaforcetobereckonedwith.Luckilyfortherestoftheworldherpowerofchoiceisaninspiringandcontagiousformofpositivitydirectedatchangingthelivesofyouthandtheworldaroundher.KolsonofGwichinandTsoTineDenedescentlaunchedwithfullforceinto2013headingstraighttotheNorthPoleonatrektobringawarenesstoclimatechangeandthedangersofArcticoffshoredrillingwithahandfulofotheractivists.Oneofherrsttimesoncross-countryskisKol-sondidnotlettheextremechallengesofatrekintothecentreoftheArcticstopherassheewherDeneNationandGwichinTribalCouncilagshighattheNorthPole.Hardlyfatiguedbytheex-peditionKolsonsjourneyseemedtoonlystimulatehercapacitytostriveformorechange.Shetrav-eledaroundtheworldlastyearspreadinghermes-sageofprotectingthelandinScandinaviaandacrossthecontinentaswellasathomeintheNWT.KolsonscommitmenttotheNorthshonebrightlylastyearamidherworldlyad-venturesmostnotablywiththecreationofanewNGOfocusedonarts-centeredyouthengagement.Whilethefoundationisstillinitsbeginningstagesitsonetokeepaneyeonthisyear.Kolsonsmessagenotonlyencompassestheenvironmentbutdrawsconnectionstoim-pactsonindigenoushealthandsocietyasexhibitedinthepremiereofherrst-everdocumentaryonHIVpreven-tionintheNorthlastfall.AmoverandashakeronmanyfrontsKolsonhasprovedsheiscapableofany-thingwhensheputshermindtoitandisdenitelyonetowatchforin2014.PhotoJohnNovisKieraDawn-Kolsonkickedoff2013withacross-countryskiexpeditiontotheNorthPoleandhasntsloweddownsince.AthabascaChipewyanFirstNationChiefAllanAdamhasyettobackdowninhisghttodrawalineinthesandblockingoilsandsdevelopmentfrommovingnorthintohisterritory.2013THEYEARINREVIEW NorthernJournalsstoryoftheyear7FEBRUARY5FEBRUARY19FEBRUARY12FEBRUARY262013THEYEARINREVIEWFarFurCountrylmreturnstoFortChipThelmmakersbehindTheReturnoftheFarFurCoun-trydocumentaryprojectcometoFortChipewyanforthesecondtimetonishlmingtheirdocumentaryandsharesomerareunseenfootageofthecommunityfrom1919.NorthernConservativeCaucusmeetsinYellowknifeAgroupofConservativeMPsandsenatorsdubbedtheNorthernConservativeCau-cusheadstoYellowknifetomeetwithNWTMLAstimingtheirvisitwithNDPleaderThomasMulcairsrsttriptotheterritory.HiphopartistbringsbullyingawarenessK.A.S.P.anawardwin-ninghiphopartisttraversestheNWTonamotivationalspeakingtourtitledSaveManyInLovingEveryoneSMILEfocusedontheperseveranceofFirstNationscultureandantibullying.TerritorieslaunchtourismcampaigninFrenchFrancophoneeconomicdevelopmentagenciesintheNWTYukonandNunavutlaunchamarketingcampaignaimedatbringingQuebectour-iststotheNorthontheirfuturevacations.ElectoralboundarychangesproposedintheNWTTheElectoralBoundaryCommissionproposesmajorchangestoelectoralboundar-iesintheNWTinitsinterimreportafterresultsshowed10outofthe19districtsareei-theroverorunderrepresented.PremierbooststerritoryatNWTDaysinOttawaPremierBobMcLeodtoutstheNWTasthefutureofCanadaatameetingwithdignitariesinOttawatodiscussdevolutionandtheeconomicfutureoftheterritory.ForSaleTheNorthByMEAGANWOHLBERGWevegottogetourre-sourcestomarket.Anymarketanyresource.ItsthemottooftodaysNorthwestTerritorieswhichasthebrightraysofdevolu-tionpeekoverthehorizoneagerlybeckonsanyandallinvestorsfromaroundtheglobetobringeconomicprosperitytotheNorth.Attheessenceoftheman-traisthepromisinggoldeneggofresourcerevenuestheNWTwillnallygettokeepforitselfafterthetransferofauthoritiesforlandswaterandresourcestakesplaceonApr.1ofthisyear.Asofrightnowthateggissmall-around42mil-lionwhenallissaidanddone.Notnearlyenoughtofeedtheseeminglyinsatia-bleinfrastructureappetiteoftheNWTorthemanysocialillsfacedbypoverty-strickencommunitiesacrosstheterritory.Withlittleinthewayofplanstodevelopsustainablelocaleconomies-requiringamuchlongertimelinethanprovidedbythenextthreemonths-theobjectiveistoincreasethesizeofthateggthroughanypossibleresourcedevelopment.Diamondsgoldmetalsoilgashydro-ifyouwantitsaysPremierBobMcLeodtheNWThasit.Withthedevolutiondealasresourcerevenuesgrowsocancapitalexpenditureandviceversa.Infrastructurewillbebuiltdebtsrepaidandevenasmidgensavedforfuturegenerationsunabletobenetfromtheone-timeresourceboom.ButatwhatcostItsaquestionoftime.Land-lovingresidentsdontwanttorushtheprocess.Theywantproperprotocolsdevelopedfornewindustrialtechnologieslikefrackingandoffshoreoildrillingtoensurethelandandwaterisnotirremediablydamagedbycomingdevelopment.Yetastheterritorys3-bil-lioninfrastructuredebtonlycontinuestomountthepres-suresofaddressingsomeofthoseneedshavebecomemoredesperatethetensionpalpablebehindcabinetseveryhandshakesmilekeynoteaddressandhalf-million-dollarNWTDayscelebrationinOttawa.Itmaybetruethatthereisnotimelikethepresent.Po-liticalandeconomicinterestintheNorthisatanall-timehighmakingmarketingnowanimperativelestthecklegazeofsoutherncorporationsturnelsewhere.Industrylobbyistsareatthesametimehammeringthegovernmentforfasteras-sessmentspullingouttheirharshcriticismoftheNWTscumbersomeregulatorysys-temwheneverconvenientnomatterhowdamagingtheself-fulllingprophecymaybeontheNWTsreputationandinvestmentclimate.TheCanadiangovernmentmeanwhileissettingitssightsontheNorthasthecountrysnewtreasuretroveforfor-eigninvestmentpromisingeconomicdevelopmentforNWTcommunities-aslongastheygoalongwiththegut-tingofregulations.TheGNWThassilentlyfollowedalonghappytobeconsideredfortheawardoftheirsmallgoldenegg.Thedevolutiondealisntperfectbutitssomethingsaypoli-ticiansanditstoolatetohopeformore.EvenfurthernowtheNWTspoliticiansarevocallyendorsingtheirassimilationasCanadasnextresourcecolonybuyingintotheindus-try-biasedwaveofregulatoryreformsweepingthenationandemulatingtheirdesiretomodeltheterritorysnewpublicreviewbodiesafterAlbertas-arguablythemostcontroversialinthecountrythefocusofFirstNations-ledlegalstrife.Allthewhilerhetoricfromtheterritorialgovern-mentneverfailstoincludetheconvictionthatnaturalresourcescanbedevelopedinbalancewithprotectionoftheenvironmentanop-timismoverlookinghowtheslipperyscalecontinuestoslideasthedenitionofenvironmentalprotectionispareddownrened.Thewaryhopesuchabeliefissincere.Themorecynicalresignthemselvestothelikelihoodthatthereisprobablynochoicebetweendevelopingresourcesorleav-ingtheminthegroundtheyweresoldalongtimeago.ThetimehascomewhenNorthernersarenowtrappedbetweentherockandthehardplaceforeshadowedbycenturies-oldpropheciesfromacrosstheland.Thatthoseresourceswillbeex-ploitedisobvious.TheonlyquestionthatremainstobeansweredisatwhatpaceThatquestionwillonlybedecidedbythewinneroftheadvancingtug-o-warbetweenindustryandthegrassroots.Withnewsofbitter-some-timesviolent-battlesemerg-ingfromacrossthecountryasprivateandpublicinter-estscollideonthefrontlinesitremainstobeseenifsuchresistanceisafarcry-oranimagefrom-theNWTsfuture.Astheterritorys3-billioninfrastructuredebtonlycontinuestomountthepres-suresofaddressingsomeofthoseneedshavebecomemoredesperatethetensionpalpablebehindcabinetseveryhandshakesmilekeynoteaddressandhalf-mil-lion-dollarNWTDayscelebrationinOttawa.NWTPremierBobMcLeodrightsealsthedealwithfederalAboriginalAffairsandNorthernDevelopmentMinisterBernardValcourtinOttawainDecemberduringtheintroductionoftheNWTdevolutionbillintheHouseofCommons.PhotoCNWGroupGovernmentofCanada2013THEYEARINREVIEW 82013THEYEARINREVIEWMARCH5MARCH12MARCH19MARCH26ThorLakehearingshighlightAkaitchodivisionsAvalonRareMetalsInc.receivessupportfortheThorLakeMinefromtheDeninuKueFirstNationwhiletheYellowknivesDeneFirstNationandLutselKeDeneFirstNationannouncetheiropposition.AuroraENRTprogramwintercampSecond-yearstudentsoftheAuroraCollegeEnvi-ronmentandNaturalRe-sourcesTechnologyProgramgethandsonexperienceinthefrigidwildernessoftheSouthSlaveduringaninten-sive10-daytrip.NorthlandreviewsmethodstoboostAboriginallanguagesTheNorthlandSchoolDistrictlaunchesareviewoftheiractionplanthathasseenanimprovementintheuseofAboriginallanguagesinschoolsthroughprogramsandprojects.EdehzhieprotectedwithDehchowinagainstfedsThefederalgovernmentagreestocompletethenalsteptopermanentlyprotecttheEdehzhienationalwild-lifeareaintheDehchoafteracourtdecisionconcludedtheydidnotconsultwiththeDehchoFirstNations.Inuvik-TukHwy.constructiongetsgo-aheadThefederalgovernmentpledgesanadditional50milliontowardsthe300-mil-lionhighwayprojectthatwillseeapermanentroadbuiltbetweenInuvikandTuktoyaktuk.NWThassomeofthecleanestwaterintheworldNWTwaterwaysarefoundtohaveextremelylowlevelsofhydrocarbonsmakingitsomeofthecleanestdrink-ingwaterintheworldac-cordingtoresultsfromthecommunity-basedwatermonitoringprogram.TheHonourableJacksonLaertyMinisterofEducationCultureandEmploymentispleasedtoociallyannouncethenewgeographicalnameMountFredAndrewmadeocialonDecember6th2013undertheNWTGeographicalandCommunityNamesPolicy.TheGovernmentoftheNorthwestTerritoriesworkstopromotegeographicalnamesthatformanintegralpartofthecultureandhistoryofthepeopleoftheNorthwestTerritories.NWTArchivesRichardFinnieN-1979-0630160MountFredAndrewThenamecommemoratesMr.FredAndrewSr.ofTulitawhoguidedDominionLandsurveyorsthroughtheMackenzieMountainstochoosetheroutefortheSecondWorldWareraCANOLPipelinenowtheCanolHeritageTrail.Mr.AndrewspentmuchofhislifelivingintheMackenzieMountainsandwasawell-respectedShhtagotineMountainDeneelder.631257.6N1295345.6WT.AndrewsGNWTwww.ece.gov.nt.caByMARIACHURCHSlicksplumesandsheensrepeatedlydiscoveredinnorthernAlbertawaterwayswerethecentreofamediastormthisyearwithseveralmassivepipelineleaksandtailingsspillscausinguproarandpanicfromthepublic.OneoftherstleaksoftheyearcamefromaSun-corplantnorthofFortMc-MurrayinApril.Thepipe-linebreachallowed2200barrelsofprocess-affectedwatertocontaminatetheAthabascaRiver.OvertheyearApacheCan-adaannouncedthreepipelineleaksonitspropertynearZamaCityinnorthwesternAlbertastartinginthespringwithoneoftheworstspillsinNorthAmericanhistory.TherstspillfoundinJunebutbelievedtohavestartedinearlyMaysaw15.4millionlitresofwastewatercontaminatea42-hectareareawhileanotherspillinAterribleyearforspillsandleaksinnorthernAlbertabeforethewinterseason.Thecompanyhasstatedtheleaksarecausedbywell-borefailures.InSeptemberthefederalgovernmentbe-cameinvolvedwithEnvi-ronmentCanadalaunchinganinvestigation.Novembersawoneofthelargestcoalspillsinhis-torywhenadykefailureatthedefunctObedMountaincoalmineownedbySher-rittInternationalandlocatednearHintonAlta.released670000cubicmetresoftail-ingsintotheAthabascaRiveronOct.31.Astheplumeoftailingscontainingmercuryandothercontaminantstookitsunitedfrontsayingtheywillnotallowpipelinesthroughtheirterritoriesunderanycircumstances.ChiefAllanAdamoftheAthabascaChipewyanFirstNationACFNwhosetra-ditionalterritoryhassev-eraloilsandsoperationsinnorthernAlbertapledgedinMarchthatACFNwouldcontinuetochallengefuturepipelinesonitsterritory.Thatsentimentwasen-forcedinJulywhenamys-teriousoilysheenover100kmlongmadeitswaydowntheAthabascaRiverbegin-ningneartheoilsandsandeventuallywashingupinFortChipewyan.ThoughtheeventwasneverformallylinkedtoindustrytestsconrmeditwaspetrochemicalinnatureleadingdownstreamFirstNationstocondemnthegov-ernmentslackofimmediateresponsetowhatappearedtobeaspill.ACFNrepresentativescalled2013aterribleyearforoilspillswhoseincidentstheysaidshouldserveasawakeupcall.WithoilandgaspipelinesstillriddlingnorthernAlbertaandfuturepipelinesslatedtojointhemitisnexttoguaran-teedthattheissueoffailureswillspilloverinto2014butwithFirstNationsunitingandpublicsupportfromnotablessuchasmusicianNeilYoungitappearscriticismandthepub-licwillforchangemayfollow.Inthenewyearwecanexpectmorepipelineopposi-tiontobeledbyFirstNationsgroupsasindustrycontinuestodefendthesafetyofitsop-erationsandrighttoresourcedevelopment.Over15millionlitresoftoxicwastewaterfromoilproductioncoatsthewetlandsnearZamaCityinnorthernAlbertathetraditionalterritoryoftheDeneThaFirstNationinJune.Novemberreportedlyun-connectedsaw1.8millionlitresaffect3.8hectaresoflandinthesamevicinity.Athirdleakwastoosmalltorequirethecompanytore-leaseavolume.CanadianNaturalRe-sourcesLtd.CNRLwasresponsibleforfourbitumenleaksfoundontheColdLakeAirWeaponsRangeinJunethathaveyettobestoppedcompletely.CNRLwasorderedbytheAlbertagovernmenttodrainanunnamedlakeinSeptem-beraspartofitscleanupofthebitumenaffectedareasunstoppablecoursedown-streamcommunitiesalongitsbanksshutofftheirwaterintakesandthepublicwaswarnednottodrawwaterdirectlyfromtheriver.Ineachcaseofapipelineleakortailingsspillwhilegovernmentandindustryscrambledtoeaseinitialpanicthepublic-inpartic-ularFirstNationsgroupsintheaffectedareas-barragedthoseresponsiblewithcriti-cismabouttheirresponseandremediationefforts.Lastwinter10FirstNationswithtraditionalterritoriesinoilsandsareasformedaPhotocourtesyofApacheCorp.2013THEYEARINREVIEWWithoilandgaspipelinesstillriddlingnorthernAlbertaandfuturepipelinesslatedtojointhemitisnexttoguaranteedthattheissueoffailureswillspilloverinto2014. FracturesformasfrackingmakeswayintoNWT9APRIL2APRIL9APRIL16APRIL30APRIL23GiantMinecleanuppredictedtocost1billionDocumentsobtainedthroughaccesstoinforma-tionshowtheremediationeffortsfortheGiantMineinYellowknifecouldtotal1billiondoubletheinitiales-timateof449million.AlbertagovernmenttellsSuncortoaddresswasteTheAlbertagovernmentordersSuncortotakecor-rectiveactionstoaddresswastewatertoxicityatitsoilsandsfacilitynorthofFortMcMurraytwoyearsafteritreportedafailurewithitstreatedwastewateroutlet.CanadianForcesbeginArcticsovereigntyopCanadianForcesperson-nelincludingtheCanadianRangersteamupintheHighArcticforatrainingexer-cisetocollectinformationonCanadasNorthernbor-derandpreparetheteamtooperateintheharshclimate.ChiefofPehdzehKiFirstNationgivesresignationTimLennieresignsaschiefofthePehdzehKiFirstNa-tioncitingheathconcernsnearlyayearafterapetitionwascirculatedaskingforhisresignation.Heisre-electedinNovember.YellowknifessolidwastefacilityonbrinkofchangeOfcialsinYellowknifeproposenewplansforwastemanagementandsalvagingwiththecurrentsolidwastefacilityknownforefcientdiversionratesandsalvagingsectionslatedtobesealedoverthenexttwoyears.TlicholanduseplansaysyestodevelopmentTheTlichogovernment-nalizesitslanduseplanforthe39000square-kmclaimareaendingthemoratoriumonlanddevelopmentthatdatesbackto2005.YoucanpickupyourticketsfromanyminorhockeyplayeroratanyoftheseFortSmithbusinessesFortSmithMinorHockeyNeedsYouWINBIGBYPARTICIPATINGINOURBI-MONTHLY5050DRAW.AllfundsgotosupportFortSmithminorhockeyplayerdevelopmentandyouthathletics.TICKETSAREONLY2.TouchofHeavenNWALLousSmallEnginesGiGisBakeryRustyRavenTDCPhoenixAutoNorthernJournalPelicanRapidsInnDrawdatesareJanuary12and26February9and23March29and23.ByMEAGANWOHLBERGThepoliticallandscapewasthefirsttofracturelastyearasdebatesoverfuturefrackingintheter-ritorysplitcleardivisionsbetweenthoseforandagainstthecontroversialpetroleumextractionpro-cessmakingitswayintotheSahturegion.Tensionswerealreadymountingas2013kickedofffollowingMGMEner-gysdecisiontocancelitswinterdrillingplanswhenitsproposaltocarryoutthersthydraulicfracturingintheNWTwasreferredtoenvironmentalassessmentinthefall.Businesslobbyistscry-ingfoulabouttheburden-someregulatorysystemsetthesceneforthenextexploratoryfrackingap-plicationmadebyCon-ocoPhillipswhichaftersomedelaysanddelibera-tionedgeditswaythroughtheapprovalsprocesslastsummerwithoutrequir-ingafullenvironmentalassessment.BackedbybusinessownersinNormanWellsConocoPhillipsproposaltodrilltwoexploratorywellswasgiventhegreenlightbytheSahtuLandandWaterBoardSLWBinJune-anapprovalthecompanycreditedtoitscommunityconsultationprocess.ThatapprovaldidnotstaycriticismhoweverasitemergedlaterthatsummerthatthewaterlicenseissuedbytheboardallowedCono-coPhillipstherighttowith-holdchemicalsconsideredThecompanyplanstobeginitswinterdrillingbytheendofJanuary.WhetherornotindustrysuccessfullycreatesssuresintheunderlyinggeologyhasyettobeseenbutasfaraspoliticsintheNorthgothosecracksarealreadyvisible.2013THEYEARINREVIEWtradesecretswhendis-closingitsfracuidstotheregulator.ThenewlyformedNWTchapteroftheCouncilofCanadiansquicklylaunchedacampaignde-mandingfulldisclosureofallchemicalsusedforfrackingintheNWTput-tinginaformalrequesttoNWTEnvironmentMinis-terMichaelMiltenbergerundertheEnvironmentalRightsActtolookintothematter.MeanwhiletheNationalEnergyBoardNEB-stillchargedwithregulatingoilandgasintheNWT-re-leaseditsownnewlingrequirementsinSeptem-berelicitingpraisesfromfrackingcriticswhore-markedthatthenewrulesputadditionalpressuresoncompaniestoensureproj-ectswouldmeethealthandsafetyrequirements.Whilethenewruleskeptchemicaldisclosurevolun-tarytheNEBsannounce-mentcamewithpledgesfromindustrythatcompa-nieswouldfullyrevealthelistofchemicals.Despiteadditionalandsomewhatonerousrequire-mentsConocoPhillipsreceivedfinalregulatoryapprovalfromtheNEBinNovemberandlikeachainreactionletMiltenbergeroffthehookforaGNWTinvestigation.TheNEBwasnottheonlyagencydeliberat-ingfrackingintheNWTthroughoutthefallasaNortherndelegationcom-posedofMLAsmunicipalgovernmentandAboriginalleadersmadeitswaysouthtoSaskatchewanandNorthDakotatocheckoutthebustlingbillion-dollarBak-kenplay.Whilethetripalludedtosomeofthesocialprob-lemsthathavetaggedalongwiththeenormousindus-trialboomintheregionthepromiseofprosper-itywasenoughforSahtuMLANormanYakeleyatochangehistuneonthefrackingbogeymanstaringdownhisregion.StillsomeMLAsre-turnedtotheNWTwithmorequestionsthanan-swerswithWeledehMLABobBromleycriticalofthebiasednatureofthesouthernfieldtripwhichignoredanearbywellborefailureandpipelinespillintheregion.AndasfrackingprotestsinNewBrunswickstolethenationalspotlightinOcto-berYellowknifershitthestreetsinsolidaritysend-ingaclearmessageofNofrackingwaytotheterrito-rialgovernment.OfthosetheCouncilofCanadianscontinuedtocryloudestforobligatorychemicaldisclosureandafullenvironmentalassess-mentforfuturefrackingapplications.AstheyearcametoacloseConocoPhillipsmovedsteadilyforwardonexploringthe87000-hect-areparceloflandintheCentralMackenzieValleyunderthewatchofahand-fulofotherindustryin-terestsalleyeinguptheirownparcelsandhopingforquickaccess.PhotoBobBromley2013THEYEARINREVIEWNWTresidentsaresplitonthefutureoffrackingintheterritorywhichpromisesamixofeconomicgainsandsignicantsocialandenvironmentalrisksallofwhichcanalreadybeseeninthebustlingBakkenplayinNorthDakotaabove. 2013THEYEFortFitzgeraldAlta.gardenerJohnGoodwinsellsbunchesofhisfamousgarlicgrownbyheandhispartnerBevTupper.HelenPanterleftandGeneviveCthavefunwiththeirfakeheadinjuriesduringawildernessrstaidcampnearFortSmithinMay.GabrielleLandrieatransgenderedwomanrepresentsher-selfduringahumanrightstribunalagainstThebachaMLAMichaelMiltenberger.Thecasewaslaterdismissed.NateHeronleftridestheKingGeorgesBBoattoathirdpTheVoyasharksvoyageurcanoeraceteamhigh-vesthehumannishlineRickJamesattheendoftheirheatduringAugustsannualSlaveRiverPaddlefest.CanoeracesaretraditionallyPaddlefestsrstdayevents.AconstantstreamoftrafcfromSyncrudesoilsandsfacilitiesblastsbyasyoungmarcherstrytomaskthemselvesfromthepollutionduringthefourthannualTarSandsHealingWalknorthofFortMcMurray.PhotoPaulBannisterPhotoReneFrancoeurPhotoDonJaquePhotoPaulBannisterMAY7MAY14MAY28MAY21OfcialsdividedonfundtocreateroadthroughWBNPNWTPremierBobMcLeoddeniespromising50000toformerFortSmithmayorPeterMartselosfornancingtalksontheproposedroadthroughWoodBuffaloNationalPark.ThawingpermafrostaffectsPeelwatershedAnewstudyintheNWTshowsthethawingpermafrostischangingthewaterchem-istrydownstreamofthePeelRiverasowbecomesex-posedtoancientsediments.FortSmithmangivenorderofSt.JohnThehighesthonourformedi-calservicetheMostVenera-bleOrderoftheHospitalofSt.JohninJerusalemisbestowedonFortSmithsPaulCurrieforhisserviceasamilitarymedicfromtheFirstGulfWarin1990toBosniain2000.AkaitchochiefssignMOUwithGNWTTheAkaitchoFirstNationssignafour-yearmemoran-dumofunderstandingwiththeterritorialgovernmenttolayoutguidelinesforcol-laborationonsharedissues.FormerNWTpremierwantsdevolutionplebisciteFormerpremierStephenKakfwiaddshistwocentsondevolutionbychallengingtheterritorialgovernmenttotaketheissuetothepeoplewithaplebiscite.BevingtoncallsbluffonAlbertasArcticpipelineWesternArcticMPDennisBevingtonsaystheAlbertagovernments50000feasi-bilitystudyintoaNWTpipe-linetomovebitumenoutoftheprovinceisapublicrelationsmovetodrawattentionawayfrommajorpipelineproposals.JULY2JULY9JULY16JULY30JuryacquitsDettahchiefonsexassaultchargesDettahChiefEdwardSan-grisisacquittedofthreechargesofsexualassaultafterhisweek-longtrialfraughtwithconflictingtestimonyendswiththreejurymembersleavingduetowhattheysaywasintimidation.McMurrayresidentslaunchcourtcaseagainstSuncorAhandfulofFortMcMurrayresidentslaunchalegalbattleagainstSuncorEnergyLtd.forallegedlyallowingefuenttoleakintotheAthabascaRiverfromoneofitstailingsponds.MLAchargedinconnectionwithprostitutionringFortMcMurray-WoodBuf-faloMLAMikeAllenresignsfromtheprovincialgovern-mentcaucusafterheisarrestedinconnectionwithaprostitu-tionringinMinnesota.HydrocarbonsfoundinoilysheenonAthabascaSamplestakenoftheoilysheenseenontheAthabascaRivernearFortChipewyantestpositiveforexposednaturalbi-tumendespiteinitialsamplespointingtoblue-greenalgae.VolunteerscreatepatrolaftersummerdrowningAgroupofYellowknifersunitetocreateapatrolgroupatLongLakebeachcallingthem-selvesLifeguardsforLoduneinmemoryofLoduneShelleya7year-oldboywhodrownedatthebeachonJune27.AuditorGeneralwillexamineNutritionNorthafterrequestTheAuditorGeneralofCan-adaMichaelFergusonwillbelookingoverthecontroversialNutritionNorthprogramafterahandfulofNorthernleadersrequestanauditbecauseofes-calatingfoodprices.JULY23102013THEYE RINREVIEWizevictoryinFortSmithsannualCanadaDayParade.MattFostleftandJesseMatasofTheCrookedBrothersbeltitoutonFolkontheRocksculturalworldstageinYellowknife.ArtistLachlanMacLeanheatsupYellowknifeduringtheFireandIceeventatthecitysannualLongJohnJamboreefestival.FortSmithEMScrewsattendtoafakevictimduringamockplanecrashexerciseinOctober.ShybenefactorCharlesDelormemadeheadlineslastyearaftergiving17000incharitabledonationstoavarietyofcommu-nityorganizationsinYellowknifeafterreceivingaresidentialschoolsettlement.HepassedawayinNovember.PhotoPaulBannisterPhotoPaulBannisterPhotoPaulBannisterPhotoMariaChurchPhotoPaulBannisterPhotoJackDanylchukJUNE4JUNE11MiltenbergerdiscriminationcasedismissedTheNWTHumanRightsAdjudicationpanelrulestodismissthecaseagainstMLAMichaelMiltenbergerforal-legedlydiscriminatingagainstatransgenderedwomaninFortSmith.FortChipewyanstartscurfewinresponsetoarsonConcernedresidentsinFortChipformacitizenspatrolgrouplookingtoinstituteacurfewafterastringofarsonsovera24-hourperiodhavepeopleworriedaboutcrimi-nalbehaviouramongyouthinthecommunity.MtistakefedstocourtforsecondtimeinayearTheNorthSlaveMtisAl-liancetakesthefederalgov-ernmenttocourtforthesec-ondtimeinsixmonthsafterOttawaonceagaindeniesitsclaimtotheareanorthofGreatSlaveLake.EdmontonMPtablesbilltoprotectSlaveRiverEdmonton-StrathconaMPLindaDuncanintroducesabillinParliamentthatwouldseetheSlaveRiverreturntothelistofwaterwayspro-tectedundertheNavigableWaterProtectionAct.NorthSlaveMtiswinlandrightsTheNorthSlaveMtisAl-liancecelebratesAboriginalDaywiththeannouncementthattheyhavewonanimpor-tantlegalbattleagainstthefederalgovernmentgivingthemrightstothelandnorthofGreatSlaveLake.TorontofoundationwantstoprotectMackenzieOneofTorontosforemostphilanthropicfoundationstheWalterandDuncanGordonFoundationannouncesitssup-portforeffortstoprotecttheMackenziewatershedstartingwithfundingfora20-minutedocumentary.JUNE18JUNE25AUGUST6AUGUST20AUGUST13AUGUST27MPsvisitsparksactiontoprotectSlaveRiverEdmonton-StrathconaMPLindaDuncantoursFortSmithwithWesternArcticMPDen-nisBevingtonmeetingwithlocalgroupsanddiscussingherprivatemembersbilltolisttheSlaveRiverundertheNavi-gableWatersProtectionAct.NWTfrackingwaterlicenseallowssecretchemicalsAloopholefoundintheNWTwaterlicenseallowsoilcompanyConocoPhillipstobeapprovedfortheterritorysrsthorizontalfrackingproj-ectwithoutdisclosingtradesecretchemicalstothepublic.WoodBuffalonamedCanadasnewestDarkSkyPreserveWoodBuffaloNationalParkisCanadasnewestandlargestDarkSkyPreservefollowingdesignationbytheRoyalAs-tronomicalSocietyofCanadatherstdesignationinCana-dasNorth.ScientiststestnewtechniquesinWoodBuffaloNewbiomonitoringtech-niquesthatuseDNAsequenc-ingaretestedoutbyuniversityscientistsandresearchgroupsconcernedwiththehealthofriversandecosystemsinWoodBuffaloNationalPark.Harperre-announcesminetrainingfundingFederalfundingforminetraininginCanadasNorthistoutedbythePrimeMinisterduringhisvisittoHayRiverwithapromiseofa5.8-mil-lioninvestmenttotheMineTrainingSociety.ACFNchiefcallsforve-yearmoratoriumonoilsandsForthersttimepubliclyAthabascaChipewyanFirstNationChiefAllanAdamde-mandstheAlbertagovernmentplaceave-yearmoratoriumonoilsandsexplorationandde-velopmentnorthoftheFirebagRiverinNortheasternAlberta.11RINREVIEWSkipJamieKoeleadshisYellowknifeteamtovictoryattheNWTCurlingChampionshipinFortSmithadvancingtotheTimHortonsBrierinEdmonton. 122013THEYEARINREVIEWSEPTEMBER3SEPT.10NOVEMBER5NOVEMBER12NOV.19NOV.26SEPT.17SEPTEMBER24TelusbeginsofferingwirelessproductsserviceinNWTForthersttimetelecomgiantTelusbeginsofferingwirelessproductsandser-vicesforYellowknifecus-tomerstocompetewithcur-rentprovidersBellMobilityandIceWireless.GroupcallsonGNWTtoinvestigatesecretfracuidsTheNWTchapteroftheCouncilofCanadiansde-mandsGNWTMinisterMi-chaelMiltenbergerlaunchaninvestigationintowhatchemicalsarebeingusedintheterritoryssolefrackingoperationbyConocoPhillips.FulldisclosureoffrackinguidspledgedOilcompaniesagreetomakeafulldisclosureofallhydraulicfracturingchemicalstheywillusetoexplorethepotentialoftheCanolshaleintheSahtuatameetingwithregulatorsinYellowknife.NDilolooksforanswersaftermurderAgatheringofleadersandcommunitymemberssearchforanswerstosubstanceabuseandviolenceafteralatenightpartyendedinthemurderofDanielFaine.FrackingcriticspraisenewNEBrulesforNorthCriticsofhydraulicfrac-turingpraisetheNationalEnergyBoardsnewregula-tionsgoverningoilcompanieslookingtodevelopfrackingprojectsintheNWT.FedterritorialandDeneleadersdiscusshealthinNWTThewideninggapbetweenthehealthofAboriginalandnon-AboriginalpeopleintheNWTshowsafailingofthecurrentsystemGNWTrepsadmitatameetingoffederalterritorialandDeneleadersinFortSimpson.MaudeBarlowcondemnsfrackingapprovalinNWTInternationalwaterexpertMaudeBarlowspeaksoutagainsttheNationalEnergyBoardsapprovaloffrack-ingintheSahtuduringhervisittotheterritorytodis-cussherlatestbookonwaterconservation.CoalsludgeimpactsshinAthabascaRiverTheObedMountaincoalminenearHintonAlta.thatdumpednearly1-billionlitresoftailingsintotheAthabascaRiveronOct.31issuspectedtobeimpactingshintheriveraccordingtothepro-vincialgovernment.MassiveoverhaulofNWTeducationproposedTheGNWTpromisestooverhaultheterritorysedu-cationsystemfollowingthetablingofaneweducationframeworkthatalignswithaworldwidepushtomakesweepingreformstoeduca-tionalpractices.AlbertastopdocconrmstoxinsincoalslurryDr.JamesTalbotAlber-tasChiefMedicalOfcerrevealstheObedMountaincoalminespillthatishead-ingdowntheAthabascaRiverhastoxiclevelsofhydrocar-bonsandmetals.CompanyorderedtocleanupcoalspillNearlythreeweeksaftertheObedMountainminetailingspondbreachsent670000cubiclitresoftoxicwaterdowntheAthabascaRiverSherrittIn-ternationalisorderedbytheprovincialgovernmenttocleanupthespill.Leadersandcommunitymembersmarkthe20-yearanniversaryoftheSahtuDeneandMtislandclaimagreementinTulitabysigningthelong-anticipatedlanduseplanfortheregioncelebratedwiththehistory-makingarrivalofatraditionalmooseskinboatthattraveledtoTulitabyriverfortheunveilingceremonyandSahtuSecretariatInc.annualgeneralassembly.PhotocourtesyofSashaDoctorIdleNoMoremovementsweeps2013coasttocoastByRENEFRANCOEURTherewasasentimentofjustiedrestlessnessstirringthroughouttheyearasin-digenousrightstookastandwiththesweepinggrassrootsmovementIdleNoMore.FromhungerstrikestoblockadestorounddancestodemonstrationsonParliamentHillthousands-strongIdleNoMorehadastrongmes-sagefortheCanadiangov-ernmentenoughisenough.ThemovementwasformedinlateOctober2012byfourwomeninSaskatchewanasacalltoactionagainstnewbillsfromtheHarpergovern-mentafteralackofconsulta-tionwithAboriginalgroups.Specicallythemovementcriedoutagainsttheintroduc-tionofBillC-45knownasthesecondomnibusbudgetbillwhichchangedlegislationin64actsorregulationsinclud-ingtheIndianActNavigationProtectionActandEnviron-mentalAssessmentAct.ThebillpassedthroughtheSenateandreceivedroyalassentonDec.142012with-outdialoguewiththeimpactedindigenousgroups-markingabreakingpointaftercentu-riesofbuilt-upcolonialresis-tanceformedoncomplaintsofbrokenpromisesandignoredagreementsregardingtreaties.AddingtotherewereothertroublingbillsonthetableatthetimesuchasBillS-8theSafeDrinkingWaterforFirstNationsActpassedintolawinJuneandBillS-2theFamilyHomesonReservesandMatrimonialInterestsorRightsActwhichprovidesbasicrightsandprotectionstoindividualsonreservesduringarelationshipintheeventofarelationshipbreakdownanduponthedeathofaspouseorcommon-lawpartnerregard-ingthefamilyhome.Aligningprotestsacrosstheglobeweresparkedthroughout2013includingaparadeinSanFranciscoaashmobinInariFinlandandanItaliansweatlodgeceremonytoexpresssolidaritywithAboriginalsov-ereigntycollectiverightsandenvironmentalprotectionsastalkaboutfrackingandcon-tinentalpipelinesshowednosignsofslowingdown.OurpeopleandourMotherEarthcannolongeraffordtobeeconomichostagesintheracetoindustrializeourhome-lands.ItstimeforourpeopletoriseupandtakebackourroleascaretakersandstewardsofthelandErielDerangercommunicationscoordinatorforAthabascaChipewyanFirstNationstatedinaquoteontheIdleNoMorehomepage.ThemovementwasntjustfortheAboriginalcommunityorganizersstressed.Theenvi-ronmentiseveryonesconcernespeciallywhenthegovern-mentremovesimportantwa-terssuchastheSlaveRiverfromprotectiveactsundereveryonesnosesaspartofa400-pagepieceoflegislation.ThemovementisnotjustaboutbillsandlegislationItsaboutmorethanjustwhatthegovernmentisdoingitswhattheyvealwaysdoneandhowthiscontinuedcolonizationhastostopMelawNakehkoaDehchoDeneandoneoftheorganizersbehindtherstYel-lowknifeIdleNoMorerallytoldTheJournalearlyin2013.AfterweeksofdelayHarpernallyagreedtomeetwithahandfulofFirstNationleadersinOttawabymidJanuary.How-everthemeetingwasboycot-tedbyseveralchiefsincludingnorthernOntariosAttawapis-katChiefTheresaSpencewhohadbeenonahungerstrikeforoveramonthtryingtoforcenation-to-nationtalksbetweenCanadatheCrownandallFirstNationleaders.IntheNorthanIdleNoMoreblockadestoppedtrafcontheDehChoBridgeandontheYellowknifehighwayout-sideBehchoko.Numerousral-liestookplaceinYukonandtheNWTincludingHayRiverandFortSmithwhereresidentsgatheredoutsideforadrum-mingcirclesmudgingcer-emonyspeechesandprayers.TherewerestillsignsofIdleNoMorebythefallof2013withamassdayofactiononOct.7.Apeacefuldemonstra-tionwithsingingdrumminganddancingalsocamealivetowelcomethePrimeMinisteralongtheMackenzieHighwayashearrivedinHayRiverforhisNortherntourattheendofAugust.IdleNoMoresnewwebsitehasadatabaseofover120000supportersagrowinglistofhundredsofthousandsoffol-lowersonsocialmedia.Themovementremainson-going-aquieterreattimesbutnotextinguished.PhotoJoshLongBehchokoIdleNoMoreprotesterstakeoverHighway3lastJanuary.SAHTUMARKS20YEARSWITHLANDUSEPLAN2013THEYEARINREVIEW 132013THEYEARINREVIEWOCTOBER1OCTOBER15OCTOBER8OCTOBER22DECEMBER17DECEMBER3DECEMBER10OCTOBER29MarchhonoursresidentialschoolsurvivorsHundredsgatherinYel-lowknifeforthecitysrstWalkforReconciliationtohonourtheterritorysresi-dentialschoolsurvivorsandseekreconciliation.Premierreleasesdesignforpost-devolutionMarkWarrenisannouncedthedeputyministerrespon-siblefortheGNWTsnewLandsdepartmentwhichwilltakeoverfederalrespon-sibiltyforlanduseplanningandadministrationfollowingdevolutionin2014.MercuryrisinginbirdeggsnearoilsandsMercurylevelsareontheriseintheeggsofternsandgullsnestingdownstreamofoilsandsoperationsac-cordingtoastudyreleasedbyEnvironmentCanadaandParksCanada.HayRivermarchesagainstMonsantoGMOsResidentsinHayRivertakeupsignsinsolidaritywiththeglobalmarchtoprotestagrochemicalgiantMonsantoandtheuseofge-neticallymodiedorganismsGMOinthemassproduc-tionoffood.GNWTseekshigherborrowinglimitforhydrointertieTheterritorialgovernmentappealstothefederalgovern-menttoraisetheborrowinglimitinordertofundaleg-acyhydrointertiethatwouldpotentiallyconnecttheNWTssystemwithSaskatchewans.BootleggingbustinSahtuasboozerestrictionsdebatedAnotherdrugandliquorbustintheSahtuisan-nouncedasMLAsdebateaproposedanamendmenttotheNWTsLiquorActthatwouldseerestrictionsonli-quorsalesinTulita.ConocoPhillipsreleasesupdatedlistoffrackingchemicalsConocoPhillipsthecom-panybehindtheNWTsrstandonlyfrackingoperationreleasesalistofchemicalsitplanstouseintheSahtusexploratorydrillingprojectsthiswinter.ResponsecondemnedatObedforumCondemnationofthelackoftransparencyfromgovernmentandindustryinthewakeoftheObedcoalspillechoeatapublicforumheldinEdmonton.DevolutionbilltabledwithregulatorychangeThefederaldevolutionbillistabledinOttawaalongsideregulatorychangessuchasthecreationofasuper-boardcurrentlyopposedbyanumberofFirstNationsgovernmentsintheNWT.GNWTapproveslimitedbisoncaribouharvestTheterritorialgovernmentannouncesresidentswillbeal-lowedtoharvestonebullfromthetheBeverlyandAhiakbarren-groundcaribouherdsandonebisonfromtheSlaveRiverLowlandsbisonherd.FirstNationtotakelegalactionagainstJackpineTheAthabascaChipewyanFirstNationofFortChipewyanpledgestotakelegalactiontohalttheexpansionofShellsopen-pitoilsandsmineproj-ectrecentlyapprovedbythefederalgovernment.DevolutionmarksmajormomentinNWThistoryByMEAGANWOHLBERGAnotherpageturnedinthehistoryoftheNorthwestTer-ritoriesinMarchwiththe-nalizationofthelastdevolu-tionnegotiationsbutasthecameraashesandapplausesubsideditbecameapparentthatthatpagewasoneinalongbookofnecessarychangestobemadegraduallyoverthenextseveralyears.PrimeMinisterStephenHarperpersonallyventuredNorthtomarkthemilestoneoccasiononMar.11puttingtheeventonthenationalradarandseizinganotherplatformtomarkettheConservativevi-sionfortheNorthasahavenforresourcesandtoutthefu-tureeconomicdevelopmentofthemostlyuntappedterritory.ItwasalargelycelebratedeventwiththemajorityofterritorialleaderscomingonboardtosalutetheworkofPremierBobMcLeodsgov-ernmentinmovingforwardonwhathasbeen-andstillpromisestobe-alongpro-cessinnallygainingsomeprovince-likeindependencefromthefederalgovernment.Manyremarkedontheirdis-beliefthatitwasdoneintheirpoliticallifetimewhileoth-erscriedthatithadnotcomesoonenough.ThemajorityofAboriginalleaderssomesigningoninthenickoftimetothedevolutionagreementinprincipleproudlyjoinedinonthesigningandphotoopatthelegislature.Thoughthemajorityofelectedrepresentativesstatedopenlythatthedealwasnotperfectformanyitwasseenasgoodenoughwhenlookeduponasastepintherightdirection.Stillothersexpressedtheirdisapprovalarguingthedealdidnotaccomplishenoughofwhatitpromised.Detrac-torscomplainedtheauthorityoverlandswaterandresourcesawardedtotheterritorythroughtheapprovalofthenaldeal-signedinInuvikinJune-isafarcewithoutactualcontrolovertheregulatorsorthelegis-lationcurrentlybeingamendedinOttawabeforeitishandeddowntotheNWT.Whilemanyoftheday-to-daydutiesofresourceman-agementwillbeheldbytheGNWTasofApr.12014theMackenzieValleyResourceManagementActMVRMA-responsibleforallregulatorybodiesintheNWT-andthenalstampofapprovalonin-dustrialprojectsarepowersremainingwiththefederalministeratleastforthenextveyears.TheHarpergovernmentsdecisiontolumpthedevolutionbilltogetherwiththeproposedregulatorychangesintheNWTinonepieceoflegislationlastmonthraisedfurtherconcernspromptingWesternArcticMPDennisBevingtontocallthemovecolonialwhilepoliticalstrainswereputonAboriginalpartiestothedealwhoalsoop-posechangestotheMVRMA.TwoAboriginalgovern-mentscontinuedtoholdoutfromsigningontodevolutionattheendoftheyearwiththeDehchocallingonthefederalgovernmenttonishitslandclaimbeforenalizingonewiththeterritorialgovernmentwhiletheAkaitchoremaineduncertainofhowtomovefor-wardwithsimilarunnishedissueswithCanada.Thoughinarguablyaland-markoccasionthesigningofthenaldevolutiondealleftmostofthesmilingpopula-tionwiththequestionofNowwhatfollowedbyquipsfrompoliticiansdeferringpromisesofafterdevolutiontoaftereffectivedateandveyearsfromnow.Whenthatnaldaydoescomeandthequestionofwherethisprocessisleadingtheter-ritoryisansweredatlastper-hapsthenthehypewillhavesubsidedlongenoughforres-identstoadequatelyappraisejustwhattheirrepresentativestrulysignedonto.Fornowthereisthecelebratedpromise.LUBICONBLOCKSROADTOFRACKINGSITEMembersoftheLubiconLakeNationblockadeanaccessroadtoaPennWestPetroleumfrackingsiteontheirtraditionalterritoryandannouncetheywillbesuingthecompanyfornotgivingpropernotice.PhotoLubiconLakeNationAboriginalleadersMLAsandfederalministersapplaudNWTPremierBobMcLeodonsuccessfullybringingthenaldevolutionnegotiationsfortheterritorytocompletioninMarch.PhotoGNWTExecutive2013THEYEARINREVIEW 14SlaveRiversetssceneforTSNsrstNWTbroadcastByRENEFRANCOEURItwaslightscameraac-tionand25000forFortSmithinAugustasthesmallbutbig-heartedtownsteppeduptohostspecial-itysportschannelTSNsrstSportscentrebroadcastintheNorthwestTerritories.Notbadforalittletownofabout2500whohadtogoupagainstWhitehorsetowinthebroadcastastherststoponthe2013KraftCelebrationTouranannualcampaigntohelpcommunitiesacrossthecountryinneedoffundsforvarioussports-relatedcauses.InanonlinevotingmatchupFortSmithcrushedWhitehorsewithapopula-tionof27000overa24-hourperiod.SomeFortSmithresidentsstayedupallnightclickingforachancetowinthe25000andavisitfromTSN.TheywerejoinedbysupportersfromacrosstheNWTandasfarawayasFinlandandNewZealand.Itpaidoffand253022voteslaterFortSmithbe-camethelittleNortherntownthatcouldwhileWhitehorsecameinwithamere35566votes.ThemoneywasmuchneededafterareravagedtheFortSmithCentennialArenainMayleavingwhatwastobecomeofthe20132014iceseasoninquestion.WecouldnthavedoneitwithoutthecommunitysaidPamWalshwhonominatedthetownaschairpersonoftheFortSmithorganizationcommitteefortheKrafttour.Thisreallybuiltupcom-munityspiritandgaveusasenseofhopeWhenwefoundoutabouttherewewerereallyworriedaboutthewintericeseason.Thedollarswenttowardsthepurchasingofoneoftwoportablechangeroomsandwashroomstosupportgureskatersandhockeyplayersstillusingtheice.Afterarelentlessdown-poursubsidedjustintimetoallowtheshowtogoonalltheglamourofthesmallscreenhitRiversideParkonAug.16withmusicpumpingandamassivestagedwarngtherestofthearea.VariousgamesandKraftboothsweresetuptoprovidetaste-test-ingsamplesofproductslikeCheezWhizandthenewPhiladelphiachocolatecreamcheesespread.SportscentreanchorsDar-renDutchyshenandJenniferHedgerhadthecrowdcheer-inganddancingastheyde-liveredthetopheadlinesinsportsandturnedthespot-lightonthetownnestledbesidetheSlaveRiverRap-idsthepowerfulriveritselfowinginthebackgroundofthelivebroadcast.Itmarkedanunforget-tablerstforthetown-nottomentionahugebonusfortourism-aswellastheanchorswhocouldntgetenoughofkayakingontheamazingrapidswiththelocalpaddlingclub.WewereimmediatelyjackedupforthiswhentheytolduswedbegoingtotheNorthwestTerritoriesbe-causewedneverbeenherebeforeDutchyshentoldTheJournalbackstageaftertheshow.AndyouneverforgetyourrsttimeHedgeraddedwithalaugh.StampofapprovalminingonthemoveinNWTMackenzieValleyReviewBoardgetsgreen-lighthappyinJulyByRENEFRANCOEURAssomeoftheNorthwestTerritorieslargerandolderminesbeginshowingtheirwrinklesandgreyhairsafreshroundofdiggingisgearinguptotakeaimattheresource-abundantNorthernterrainasapprovalsin2013fornewboringprojectswerefarfromscarce.TheGahchoKudia-mondminenorthofLutselKeandFortuneMineralsNICOcobalt-gold-bismuth-coppermineintheheartoftheTlichoregionbothre-ceivedvariousgreenlightssomewithinthesameweekofoneanother.TheMackenzieValleyEnvironmentalImpactRe-viewBoardMVEIRBap-provedDeBeersGahchoKutheNWTsfourthdia-mondmineprojectlocatedatKennadyLakeabout280kmnortheastofYellow-knifeinJulywithanum-berofconditions.TheboardsaidtheminewilllikelycausesignicantnegativeimpactsontheBathurstcaribouherdandrecommendedanumberofmeasuresbetakeninclud-ingimplementingahabitatprotectionandmonitoringplan.Italsocalledforeffortstobeundertakentokeeptheminesfootprintassmallaspossible.TheTlichoGovernmentYellowknivesDeneFirstNa-tionLutselKeDeneFirstNationandDeninuKueFirstNationallrequestedthefedstohaltapprovalofGahchoKuuntilstrongermeasureswereimplementedtomitigateadverseenvironmentalim-pactssuchastheminesim-pactontheBathurstcaribouherdandthefutureofKen-nadyLakewhichwouldbedrainedfortheproject.ThefederalgovernmentignoredthecallsfromFirstNationstodelaytheproj-ectandgaveDeBeersandMountainProvinceDia-mondsthegoaheadinOc-tobertobeginprocessinglicensesforGahchoKu.ApioneerLandUsePermitwasapprovedbytheMack-enzieValleyLandandWaterBoardinDecember.MeanwhileNICOlocated50kmnortheastofWhatire-ceivedtwokeyapprovalsinJulyaswellaswithboththeTlichogovernmentandmin-isterofAboriginalAffairsandNorthernDevelopmentBernardValcourt.Thedeci-siontomoveaheadmarkedthersttimeanAboriginalgovernmenthashadasayalongsideofCanada.NICOsoperatingcom-panyFortuneMineralssaiditestimatesitwilltakefourtosixmonthstogetthewaterlicenseandlandusepermitsasthenextstepsbutthatconstructioncouldbeginin2014.FortuneMineralshaspartneredwithProconamajorityChinese-ownedcompanyraising11.7mil-liontowardsnancingtheproject.AvalonRareMetalsInc.receivedapprovalfortheNechalachoRareEarthEle-mentProjectlaterintheyearwhichincludesaminesiteatThorLakeroughly5kmnorthoftheHearneChannelofGreatSlaveLakeand100kmsoutheastofYellowknife.ThereviewboardgavethecompanythethumbsupinJulythoughits220-pagereportsaidthemineposessignicantbutmanageableriskstowaterwildlifeandthesocialandeconomicenvironment.DespitenumeroussocialandenvironmentalconditionsndingnancingfortheminehasprovedtobethemostdauntingtaskfacingAva-lonwhichisstillsearchingforinvestorsdespitemovingtothepermittingphaseinNovember.ThesamewastrueforTa-merlaneVenturesInc.basedinWashingtonstatewhopur-chasedthecurrentlydefunctPinePointsiteandthesur-roundingareain2004andspent2013lookingfor140milliongiveortaketostartbuildingandminingleadandzincagain.CompanieswerenttheonlyonesthinkingabouttheTerri-torieswaningminesin2013.ThenewNWTMineralDevelopmentStrategysoughttoprovidewaystoattractmorebusinessforamineralboomintheNWTagain.Thestrategyrecommendsgovernmentalactioninanassortmentofwaysinclud-ingengaginginaggressivemarketinginvestinginin-frastructurecreatinganewregulatoryenvironmentac-celeratinglanduseplanningmoreeffectiveconsultationwithAboriginalgovern-mentsandfurthertrainingforemployeesinminesandrelatedsectors.Thatsaidwiththeminingindustrysbiggestroadblockrelatingbacktowildlifeandtheenvironmentwhenitcomestimeforapprovalsthestrategypayslittlenoticetoissuesofagreenernature.2014herecomemoreholesandalltheirimplications.PhotocourtesyofAvalonWinterdrillingisdoneatAvalonRareMetalsNechalachositeatThorLake.TherareearthelementsprojectmovedintothepermittingphaseinNovemberafterministerialapproval.SportscentreanchorsJenniferHedgerandDarrenDutchyshenbroadcastlivefromFortSmithinJulyastheirrststopontheKraftCelebrationTour.PhotoPaulBannister2013THEYEARINREVIEW 151.TeamGalusha2.BrentHayden3.WrigleytoNormanWells4.TheReturnoftheFarFurCountry5.SMILE6.Quebec7.DeninuKueFirstNation8.10days9.DehchoFirstNations10.Hydrocarbons11.TlichoGovernment12.DennisBevington13.Thawingpermafrost14.PaulCurrie15.Akaitcho16.FortChipewyan17.LindaDuncan18.WalterandDuncanGordon19.FortMcMurray20.Petrochemical21.MichaelFerguson22.WoodBuffalo23.HayRiver24.AllanAdam25.20years26.Telus27.WalkforReconciliation28.MarkWarren29.ternsandgulls30.Hydrointertie31.Sahtu32.MaudeBarlow33.AthabascaRiver34.SherrittInternational35.LubiconLakeNation36.ConocoPhillips37.Edmonton38.Twotimes39.One40.1billion41.Suncor42.HighArtic43.StephenKakfwi44.NorthofGreatSlaveLake45.WoodBuffalo46.MichaelMiltenberger47.Dismissed48.LifeguardsforLodune49.NorthernConservativeCaucus50.Northland1.WhotookrstplaceattheNWTwomenscurlingtournament2.NametheCanadianOlym-pianwhodidschoolpresentationsinHayRiverandYellowknife.3.Whatwinterroadclosedduringamassivesnowstormleavinghundredsstranded4.FilmmakersreturntoFortChipforthesecondtimetonishlmingwhatdocumentary5.WhatwasthenameofrapperK.A.S.P.sRobSawanspeakingtour7.AvalonRareMetalsInc.receivedsupportfortheThorLakeMinefromwho8.HowmanydaysistheAuroraENRTPwintercamptrip9.WhowonthebattletoprotecttheEdehzhienationalwildlifearea10.NWTwaterwayswerefoundtohaveextremelylowlevelsofwhat11.WhichAboriginalgovernmentnal-izeditslanduseplaninApril12.WhichMPcalledbluonAlbertasArcticpipeline13.WhatischangingthewaterchemistrydownstreamofthePeelRiver14.WhowasgiventheorderofSt.John15.WhichFirstNationssignedanMOUwiththeGNWT16.Whichtownstartedacurfewinresponsetoarsonattacks17.WhichMPtabledabilltoprotecttheSlaveRiver18.Whatfounda-tionwantstopro-tecttheMackenziewatershed19.WhichcitysresidentslaunchedacourtcaseagainstSuncor20.Whatwastheresultofthesam-plestakenoftheoilysheenontheAthabasca21.WhowillbeauditingthecontroversialNutritionNorthprogram22.WhereisCana-dasnewestandlargestDarkSkyPreserve23.ThePrimeMinistervisitedwhichNWTtownduringhistriptotheNorth24.Whichchiefcalledforave-yearmoratoriumontheoilsands25.HowmanyyearsolddidtheSahtuDeneandMtislandclaimagreementturn26.WhoisthenewestcompanyoeringwirelessproductsservicestotheNorth27.Whatwasthenameofthemarchhonouringresidentialschoolsurvivors28.WhoisthenewdeputyministerresponsiblefortheGNWTsnewLandsdepartment29.Mercuryisrisinginwhatbirdseggsneartheoilsands30.TheGNWTisseekingahigherborrow-inglimitforwhatinfrastructure31.InwhatregiondidtheOctoberbootleggingbusttakeplace32.WhatfamousauthorspokeoutagainstfrackingintheSahtu33.Acoalslurryspillimpactedshwhere34.WhatcompanywasorderedtocleanuptheObedMountainminespill35.Whoblockedroadaccesstoafrackingsite6.TerritorieslaunchtourismcampaigninFrenchtoattractwhichtouristsprovinces36.Whatcompanyreleasedanup-datedlistoffrackingchemicals37.WheredidtheDecemberObedspillforumtakeplace38.HowmanytimesdidtheNorthSlaveMtistakethefedstocourtin201339.Residentswillbeallowedtoharvesthowmanybisonduringthe1314season40.Giantminecleanupispredictedtocosthowmuch41.TheAlbertagovernmenttoldwhatcompanytoaddressawastewaterleak42.CanadianForcesbegintrainingwhere43.Whichformerpremieraskedforadevolutionplebiscite44.NorthSlaveMtiswinlandrightswhere45.ScientiststestnewDNAsequencingtechniqueswhere46.TheCouncilofCanadianscallsonwhotoinvestigatesecretfrackinguidsintheNWT47.WhatwastherulingfortheMiltenbergertransgenderdiscriminationcase48.YellowknifersunitedtocreateapatrolgroupatLongLakebeachcallingthemselveswhat49.AgroupofNorthernConserva-tiveMPsandsenatorstitledthemselveswhat50.WhichschooldistrictreviewedmethodstoboostAboriginallanguagesThinkyoureanewsjunkieTryourquizandseehowwellyoukepttrackof2013.2013THEYEARINREVIEW 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18TuesdayJanuary72014LookingforagreatNewYearsresolutionJointhe2014WalktoTukFormateamandwalkthedistanceoftheMackenzieRiverbetweenJanuary6thandMarch3rd.GreatPrizescanbewonincludingaightvoucherfromFirstAir.RegisterNowRegistrationEndsJanuary17thChallengeStartsJanuary6th2014Formoreinformationwww.nwtrpa.orgorcall867669-8375www.nwtrpa.orgPoliticsFirstNationsByMEAGANWOHLBERGTheLubiconLakeNationischallengingtheinjunc-tiongrantedtoPennWestPetroleumlastmonthor-deringprotesterstoremovearoadblockpreventingthecompanyfromaccessingafrackingsiteontheFirstNa-tionsterritory.ThenationledanoticeofappealwithAlbertasCourtofAppeallastFridaycallingthecourtdecisionmadeonDec.16unconstitutional.TheQueensBenchcourtdecisionbroughtanendtothethreeweeksofnon-stoppeacefulproteststhatsawanaccessroadtoPennWestsleasenearSawnandHaigLakesbarricaded247.TheLubiconLakeNationgovernmentassertsthattheareaisinhabitedcultur-allysignicantandusedfortraditionalactivitiessuchashuntingtrappingandshingwhichwouldbecompromisedbyindus-trialactivity.ThoughPennWestre-questedaone-weekinjunc-tionitreceivedasix-monthordercoveringalargeareathatincludesseveralleasesites.InitsappealtheFirstNationraisesconstitutionalissuesconcerningsection35Aboriginalrightsthatitclaimsthecourtfailedtocon-siderwhenmakingitsorderunderthePublicLandsAct.ItclaimsthePublicLandsActunconstitutionallypriv-ilegesindustryaccesstoresourcesoverAboriginalrightstotraditionalterritory.WhiletheLubiconNationhasseenrecentfragmenta-tionwithaseparatefeder-ally-recognizedchiefandcouncilontracktonegotiat-ingalandclaimsettlementwiththefederalgovernmenttheFirstNationremainswith-outtreatystatus.ThisisourlanduntilthegovernmentofCanadaentersintoanagreementwithusLubiconLakeNationChiefBernardOminayaksaidinastatementovertheweekend.PennWesttheprovinceofAlbertaandthecourtscan-notsimplychoosetoignoreourinherentrightsandas-sistindustryattheexpenseofourlandandourpeople.ThoughtheprotestshavebeenscornedbytheFirstNationsgovernment-recog-nizedleadershiptheyhavebeenmetwithsupportfromindigenousgroupsacrossCanadaincludingnationalnetworkslikeIdleNoMoreandDefendersoftheLandalongwiththeSixNationsHaudenosauneeIroquoisConfederacy.LubiconappealsinjunctiononfrackingblockadeThepanelsrecommenda-tionforapprovalhingeson209conditionsincludingseveralprotectionplansforwildlifealongthepipelinerouteandemergencyresponseplanningandexercises.OpeningPacificBasinmarketsisimportanttotheCanadianeconomyandsoci-etyTheprojectwouldbringsignicantlocalregionalandnationaleconomicandsocialbenetsthepanelstatedinapressrelease.Thejointreviewpaneldeci-sionwasbasedontestimonyfrom1450participantsfrom21communitiesmorethan175000pagesofevidenceand9000lettersofcomment.DianaMcQueenAlbertasnewlyappointedministerofEnergycalledtheapprovalanimportantsteptowardspositioningCanadaasaglobalenergysuperpowerbutnotedthereismoretobedone.ThereisstillmuchworkaheadforEnbridgetosatisfythemanyconditionssetoutbytheJointReviewPanelaswellasmeetingBCsveconditionsshesaidinapressrelease.AlbertaandtheBCgovern-mentcametoanagreementinNovembertocooperateontheNorthernGatewaythelatterproposingveconditionsofitsownincludingtherighttonegotiatewithindustryoneconomicbenets.JoeOliverCanadasmin-isterofNaturalResourcessaidinapressreleasethatthegovernmenthasreceivedthepanelsrecommendationandwillthoroughlyreviewitcon-sultwithaffectedAboriginalgroupsandthenmakeourdecision.Thepipelinehasdrawnsig-nicantcriticismfromenviron-mentalandindigenousgroupsincluding130FirstNationswhohavesignedadeclarationopposingtheproject.SeveralotherFirstNationswhosetraditionalterritoryfallsonthepipelineroutehavestatedtheyarenotrulingoutlegalaction.Accordingtomediareportsonlythreehoursafterthepanelreleaseditsapprovalrecom-mendationtheLakeBabineFirstNationthreatenedalaw-suittheyhadbeenworkingonformonthswiththecountrystopAboriginallawyer.IfapprovedbythefederalgovernmentconstructiononNorthernGatewaycouldbeginthisyear.AlbertaapplaudspanelsNorthernGatewayapprovalPoliticsEnergyByMARIACHURCHTheAlbertagovernmentiscelebratingadecisionfromtheJointReviewPanelinlateDecemberthatrecommendsthefederalgovernmentap-provethecontroversialNorth-ernGatewayPipelinefromAlbertasoilsandstotheWestCoast.ProposedbyEnbridgethe7.9billion1178-kmpipelinewouldcarryAlbertabitumentotheportinKitimatBCforshipmenttoAsianmarkets.PhotocourtesyofLubiconLakeNationPhotoGlennMacintoshPeaceRiverRCMPmembersconversewithLubiconprotestersinDecemberduringtheFirstNationsthreeweeksofblockadinganaccessroadtoPennWestsfrackingsite.TheYinkaDeneAlliancemadeupofseveralFirstNationsfromnorthernBChasbannedEnbridgesNorthernGatewaypipelinefromitstraditionalterritory. 19TuesdayJanuary72014PhotosBillBradenFireworksexplodeovertheNWTlegislaturebuildinginYellowknifetoringintheNewYearandbrightenupthewinterdarkness.Yellowknifershavebeenforcedtobundleupoverthelastseveralweekswithtemperaturesgettingaslowas-50C.YellowknifersavoidcabinfeverandgetsomevitaminDbytakingastrollonthefrozenGreatSlaveLake.AsundogaddssomebeautytothefrigidNWTwinter.IcesculpturescapturethescarcedaylightonGreatSlaveLake. NWTbiathleteOlympicsboundSportsRecreationBiathlon20TuesdayJanuary72014ByMARIACHURCHAfterashortracingseasonpackedfullofhighsandlowsHayRiverbiathleteBrendanGreenhasqualiedtorepre-sentCanadaontheOlympicteamboundforSochiRussiainFebruary.GreenfacedanalchancetomaketheOlympicteamatdomestictrialsinCanmoreAlta.inlateDecemberafternarrowlymissingqualifyingattheWorldCupbiathlonracesinAustria.GreenjoinssevenothermenandwomenbiathleteswhoqualiedtorepresentCanadainSochi.ThisgroupofathletesmaybethemostunderratedteaminCanadianOlympicsportbutwearefiercelydriventocapitalizeonourpositionofyingundertheradarandmakesomenoiseinSochiChrisLindsayhigh-performancedirectorwithBiathlonCanadasaidinapressrelease.ForthersttimeeverwearenamingafullteamofathletesthatnearlyallhaveOlympicexperienceandthatisasignicantcompeti-tiveadvantageineldingabiathlonteamthatisreadytolegitimatelychallengefortheOlympicpodiumforthersttimeinnearlytwodecades.Greenwasanunderdoggoingintotheseasonthisyearaftermissingmuchof2012andearly2013duetosurgeryforaherniateddisk.PhotocourtesyofBrendanGreenBrendanGreenisOlympicsboundafteragoodshowatdomestictrialsredeeminghisWorldCupnishinAustriathatcamejustshortofOlympicqualication.YellowknifesnowcrossracerstartsseasonoffwithpodiumnishBrandonBradburyasnowcrossracerfromYellowknifebroughthomeasilverandasixthplacenishathisrstraceoftheseasoninSaultSteMarieOnt.inlateDecember.Snowcrosstherapidlyex-pandingsportofprofessionalsnowmobileracingispredominantlyseenincentralCanadabuthasbeengainingmomentuminwesternprovincesandtheterritories.Bradburyssuccessattherstraceoftheseasonputshimclosetothetopinhiscat-egory.ThesnomobilersnextchanceatacompetitionwillbeonJan.18and19ataraceheldinRouyn-NorandaQue.EndgoalfortheraceristheDaycoNationalCanadianSnowcrossChampionshipsthisyeartobeheldinBarrieOnt.NWT-YukonLadiesCurlingChampionshipsplayintoovertimeFourteamstooktheirsweepersandsliderstotheicelastweek-endtodeterminethetopfemalecurlingteaminthetwoterrito-ries.AftertheweekendplayTeamKoltunfromtheYukonandTeamGalushafromtheNWThadthetopscoresbutatieforcedplayintoatiebreakermatchMonday.TheteamswereneckandneckbutTeamKoltunmanagedtopulloutaheadandwinthegame6to4.TeamKoltunwillgoontocompeteatthe2014ScottiesTournamentofHeartswhichwillbeheldinMontrealinearlyFebruary.SPORTSBRIEFSPhotoNWTCurlingNWTJudoAssociationlaunchesfirstNorthernbookaboutJudoTheNWTJudoAssociationhaslaunchedanewbookthathasthedistinctionofbeingtherstNorthernbookwrittenaboutJudo.ThebooktitledChuteswasco-writtenbyNorthernauthorsMax-enceJailletandMarioDesForgesandfollowsthestoryofClaireLafontainefromYellowknifeandRyanGrandjambefromFortSimpsontwoteensinJudowhoareonajourneytotheOlympics.Ontheirjourneytheteenslearnthattheexperiencemeansnotonlyhavingfunwithfriendsbutover-comingchallengesandultimatelydiscoveringtherespectthatthesportofJudoteaches.Theassocia-tionhostedabooklaunchtocelebratethereleaseofChuteslastweekatlAssociationfranco-cul-turelledeYellowknife.Bothauthorswerepresenttosignbooksavailableforpurchaseforthersttimeanddiscussthebook.